BODY MAINTENANCEposted January 18
Over the last couple of months, we’ve been showing you how you can work out a lot of your tight joints and knots in your muscles using basic tools like foam rollers and lacrosse balls. Spending just a few minutes before a workout can help increase your joint mobility, thereby improving your performance capacity and limiting injuries. Self-Myofascial Release, or SMR, has major benefits when it comes to training. Your body consists of muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Each part relies on one another, so imbalances in the muscles from repetitive motions (using a keyboard and mouse) or inflammation can affect proper motion and cause discomfort. By utilizing SMR methods, you can decrease recovery time, prevent injury and perform better.
Along with your CFHW membership, you have access to SMR certified coaches and the Active Recovery classes! Additionally, your coaches are available for 30 minute private mobility sessions for just $1 per minute! If you’ve been struggling with hip, shoulder, or any other issues, come see us. We can help.
In addition to the resources at CFHW, Jeff Alexander at Network Fitness has a great database of information on SMR. Everyone should register (it’s free!) with http://smr.networkfitness.com/ in order to gain access to helpful content including stretches, movements and exercises to help you rehabilitate injuries* or prevent them from happening in the first place. And of course there’s the Godfather of mobility, Kelly Starrett, and his amazing mobilitywod.com.
Just a few minutes a day can make a huge difference in how your body feels and performs. You don’t have to live with pain. You just have to learn how to properly take care of your body.
*Please see a doctor or physical therapist if you have a serious injury before self-diagnosing or performing any movements associated with SMR or mobilitywod.com
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